"Sea of Flags," mural by Gamaliel Ramírez and Eren Star Padilla.

CELAC Projects



Puerto Rican Diaspora Project

Made possible by a grant from the Municipio de San Juan, Puerto Rico Comisión 2000.
See the book publication, "Adiós, Borinquen querida": The Puerto Rican Diaspora, its History and Contributions. (2000).


Gender Studies in Global Perspective

This graduate student training program was funded by a Ford Foundation grant and ran from 1998-2003.


Internationalizing Women's Studies: Crosscultural Perspectives on Gender Research and Teaching

CELAC, in collaboration with IROW and the Center for the Arts and Humanities, received a grant from the Ford Foundation for the project. The project ran from June 1995-June 1998 and emphasized faculty development and international initiatives and collaborations with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Africa.


The Latino(a) Research Review     

LRR was initiated in 1995 with a grant from NYS/UUP Joint Labor Management Committees. For more information go to the Latino(a) Research Review homepage.


Title VI Grant    

CELAC and LACS jointly carried out a series of activities under the Title VI Undergraduate Consortium Grant with the University of the Sacred Heart (USC) in Puerto Rico. One of the major outcomes of this project is the current Student Exchange Program with USC.


Demographic Projects on the Puerto Rican Population

Professor Carlos Santiago ran his research projects through CELAC in collaboration with Francisco Rivera-Batiz of Columbia University. Their volume Puerto Ricans in the U.S.: A Changing Reality was published by the National Puerto Rican Coalition in 1994. Island Paradox: Puerto Rico in the 1990s was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in October 1996.


Periodical Literature Project

CELAC was one of the national research sites for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Periodical Literature Project. This long-range project was initiated in 1992 by the University of Houston and, since then, other institutions have undertaken various aspects of the research. Professor Acosta-Belén was part of the project's national team of scholars that constitute the umbrella project which is supported by a major ten-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Her volume (with V. Sánchez Korrol), The Way It Was and Other Writings by Jesús Colón is a product of this project. CELAC also indexed Hispanic newspapers published in New York City during the late nineteenth century.


Grant for Biopsychological Research 

As part of the School of Public Health Superfund initiative, Professor Azara Rivera-Santiago (Counseling Psychology/LACS) received a five-year $500,000 grant to support her research on "The Biopsychological Well-Being Among Akawasasne Residents." CELAC was one of the three units sponsoring this research.


Other Activities

As part of its annual program of activities, CELAC and IMS held a conference in the Spring of 1996 on  Transnationalism and the Construction of Identities in the Americas. The conference focused on issues of hemispheric integration, (im)migration debates, and the emergence of a transnational sociocultural system in the Americas. Some of the guest speakers included: Ilán Stavans (Amherst College), Juan Flores (Hunter College), Nina Glick-Schiller (University of New Hampshire), Víctor Montejo (University of Montana), Allen Burns (University of Florida), and Suzanne Oboler (Brown University). Professor LilianaGoldin (Anthropology/LACS) served as Conference Chair. The book Identities on the Move: Transnational Processes in North America and the Caribbean Basin, ed. by Liliana Goldin is a collection of papers presented at this conference. The volume was published by the University of Texas Press in 2000.

Professors Margarita Benítez and Colbert Nepaulsingh (LACS) coedited the volume Higher Education and the New World Islands. This volume was a special publication of The Latino(a) Research Review (LRR) and appeared in the Fall of 1996. The volume is out of print.

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